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Siepi And London On Broadway

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Siepi And London On Broadway
Siepi And London On Broadway


This recording will make you smile. Two of the most accomplished opera singers of the twentieth century turn their attention to some of the best known songs from Broadway musicals, and the effect is Wunderbar! Cesare Siepi was a prolific recording artist on 78rpm records before making a number of outstanding LP sets for Decca. His voice was a classic basso cantante a singing or lyric bass with good upper reach. Being more than six feet tall and with handsome physique, he cut an impressive figure on stage. He brought a dignity to everything he performed. He was a lover of Cole Porter songs and, as can be heard on this recording, enunciated them without a trace of an Italian accent. The lines are delivered with directness and warmth, and with a welcome absence of sentimentality. His tone is dark, smooth and rich, and his style is subtle and elegant. George London began his singing studies in Los Angeles and, by the 1940s was touring with a trio that included Frances Yeend and Mario Lanza. The Bel Canto Trio performed 86 concerts of operatic arias and ensembles throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico between July 1947 and May 1948. The Broadway songs recorded by London in 1957 reveal a singer willing to explore unusual (for an operatic bass-baritone) material, and to invest in it a rich, powerful voice, a subtle array of vocal colours and sensitivity to the character of each piece. Both LPs were recorded with the Roland Shaw Orchestra, a light music orchestra active in the 1950s. Shaw became an arranger and record producer for Decca Records with his orchestra recording for Decca and its Phase 4 series.


  1. Name
  2. Cole Porter: The Gay Divorcee
  3. Kiss Me Kate: So In Love
  4. Born To Dance: Ive Got You Under My Skin
  5. Something To Shout About: Youd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  6. Evry Time We Say Goodbye
  7. Kiss Me Kate: Wunderbar
  8. Begin The Beguine
  9. Easy To Love
  10. Anything Goes: I Get A Kick Out Of You
  11. Mexican Hayride: I Love You
  12. Rosalie: In The Still Of The Night
  13. Anything Goes: Blow, Gabriel Blow
  14. Richard Rogers - Oklahoma!: Oh! What A Beautiful Mornin
  15. Oklahoma!: The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
  16. South Pacific: This Nearly Was Mine
  17. Carousel: If I Loved You
  18. Carousel: Soliloquy
  19. FREDERICK LOEWE Paint Your Wagon: They Call The Wind Maria
  20. Brigadoon: There But For You Go I
  21. My Fair Lady: On The Street Where You Live
  22. KURT WEILL Knickerbocker Holiday: September Song
  23. JEROME KERN Very Warm For May: All The Things You Are
  24. Show Boat Ol Man River
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